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Old Dec 20, 2010, 9:11 PM   #1
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Hi all.
I am ready to move up to a DSLR here real soon and was wondering what I could get for my dollar (Around $700 us) in a Nikon or Canon model that I wont have to replace in 2 or 3 yrs, just add lenses. I like my panny fz35 BUT I need and want crisper images because I have many opportunities for wildlife photos and scenery.

I would mainly be shooting action, wildlife and landscapes as well as night scenes.

1.I need something good in low light
2.Good crisp images
3.Remote shutter release
4.Camera that can accept many different lenses (retro) from previous models etc
5.Around 12mp
6.Has an unlimited shutter speed , is that bulb mode? Im unsure
7.Live view
8.HDR is unimportant as well as video shooting
9.Would the Nikon d3100 or the Canon T2i be a logical choice for the above req’s ?

Thanks for helping me in making a decision on a camera as your opinions are very valued
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Old Dec 21, 2010, 1:04 AM   #2
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I am in a similar dilemma, having used an FZ8 now for close to a year. I am trying to figure out which lens system to "join", based on availability and cost, and quality.
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wagaboo & dropmyload-

The D3100 and the Canon T2i each are real performers. Thus, it really is a question of what camera system that you want to get into. There again, both Nikon and Canon have their strong points and are pretty equal.

If I was facing that choice, I would tend to be more attracted to the Nikon system due to there better flash system. But, please bear in mind, it is all a matter of personal choice. I am sure that others will be quick to chime in with their opinions. Listen and learn, there will be a lot of hands-on experience contained in the subsequent posts.

Good luck to you both in making your decision, and Merry Christmas!

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Sarah Joyce, Thank you for your input and Merry Christmas to you as well. I did a lot of research last evening and actually did most of it on youtube and for what I'm looking for in a cam it seems to be the Canon T2i for me so far but will do more research on it today, so thanks again and will wait for more people to chime in on this one as well....
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Have you looked at the Nikon D7000 or Pentax K-R?
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go with the canon, you can shoot a ev bracket, a very useful feature, the nikon does not
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Tim and drop my load-

shoturtle makes a good point-

That EV bracketing feature is a real Canon bonus that should not be overlooked.

Merry Christmas!

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your list would seem to match up with the pentax k-r almost exactly except its not canon or nikon
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Hi and welcome my advice is not the best value for your dollar but what is best for you. Does it feel right if it does then that goes along way, if it comfortable then its easies to use. Next you are buying into a sytem so look at what lenses are available and other accessories.
You mention low light then to me the T2i/550d will be a great buy, but what else do you shoot.
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Wag for birding/wildlife and eagles...the T2i is a crop sensor camera meaning 1.6X lens focal length so if you get the 70-300 at the long end you'll have 300mm X 1.6 = 480mm equivalent focal length...the FZ35 you have now is 486mm at 12Mp...
The T2i and Kit lens 18-55 IS seems to be a great combo if you can spring for the 70-300 which is $489 new or $430 used...BUT the best lens for you is the Canon 100-400mm which will get you to 400mm X 1.6 = 640mm equivalent and is excellent...it's expensive but the Canon L Series Lens hold their value or gain you won't lose on ity if you take great care of it...I have an Adorama refurb 100-400 that has been excellent!











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